University of Minnesota

Klees, Michelle, Papers

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Immigration History Research Center, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Creator: Klees, Michelle
Dates: ca. 1940's-1990's
Abstract: 11 oral history transcripts produced in conjunction with MA thesis "Persevering Endurance: Latvians in Minnesota", U of Northern Colorado, 2002. The interviews conducted by Michelle Klees between 2000 and 2001 focus on the experiences of Latvian displaced persons after WWII and their immigration to the United States. Covered are also Latvian traditions, the issue of maintaining one's ethnic culture after resettlement, and the activities of the Latvian American community in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
Quantity: 3 lin.in.
Language: English
Collection ID: IHRC1223

PROVENANCE

The collection of 11 oral histories was compiled by Michelle Klees during her research for a graduate thesis, "Persevering Endurance: Latvia to Minnesota", submitted at the University of Northern Colorado in May 2002 (a copy was also donated to the Center and added to the IHRC Latvian American print collection).

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DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLECTION


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CITE AS

The Klees, Michelle Papers, Latvian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota

Index Terms

Latvian
Displaced persons
Social life and customs
Religious life
Family life

Detailed Description of the Collection

BOX 1. Interview transcripts

Box contains transcripts of 11 interviews with members of the Latvian American community.
FOLDER 1. Jatnieks, Girts - interview transcript 1942-2001
This particular interview covers a wide range of topics including GJ's family history in Latvia, the experience of fleeing the second Soviet occupation of Latvia, life in the displaced person camps, immmigration to America under the DP Acts of 1948 and 1950, resettlement in Wisconsin and eventual relocation to Minneapolis, MN.
FOLDER 2. Dombrovskis-Kubits, Ruta - interview transcript 1945-2001
This particular interview covers a wide range of topics including RDK's family history in Latvia, the experience of fleeing the second Soviet occupation of Latvia, life in the displaced person camps, immmigration to America under the DP Acts of 1948 and 1950, resettlement in Bison, South Dakota and eventual relocation to Minneapolis, MN.
FOLDER 3. Ruvalds-Stolcers, Skaidrite - interview transcript 1938-2001
This particular interview covers a wide range of topics including SRS's family history in Latvia, the experience of fleeing the second Soviet occupation of Latvia, life in the displaced person camps, immmigration to America under the DP Acts of 1948 and 1950, resettlement in Des Moines, Iowa, and eventual relocation to Minneapolis, MN.
FOLDER 4. Skujins, Janis - interview transcript 1940-2001
This particular interview covers a wide range of topics including JS's family history in Latvia, the experience of fleeing the second Soviet occupation of Latvia, life in the displaced person camps, immmigration to America under the DP Acts of 1948 and 1950, resettlement in Wisconsin and eventual relocation to Minneapolis, MN.
FOLDER 5. Grinvalds-Liepins, Erna - interview transcript 1911-2000
This particular interview covers a wide range of topics including EGL's family history in Latvia, the experience of fleeing the second Soviet occupation of Latvia, life in the displaced person camps, immmigration to America under the DP Acts of 1948 and 1950, resettlement in Iowa and eventual relocation to Minneapolis, MN.
FOLDER 6. Suders-Friedenberg, Carmen - interview transcript 1921-2000
This particular interview covers a wide range of topics including CSF's family history in Latvia, the experience of fleeing the second Soviet occupation of Latvia, life in the displaced person camps, immmigration to America under the DP Acts of 1948 and 1950, resettlement in Minneapolis, MN.
FOLDER 7. Sprogis-Pone, Elga - interview transcript 1942-2001
This particular interview focuses on the traditional Latvian pagan religion. Elga is an active participant in Dievturi, a group that practices this traditional religion. Each holiday/celebration is described in detail including the tradtional foods. Elga leads Teiksma, the Minneapolis Latvian folk singing group, their performances are also discussed.
FOLDER 8. Grotans-Luss, Gunda - interview transcript 1942-2000
This particular interview covers a wide range of topics including GGL's family history in Latvia, the experience of fleeing the second Soviet occupation of Latvia, life in the displaced person camps, immmigration to America under the DP Acts of 1948 and 1950, resettlement in Minneapolis, MN. Gunda's experiences growing up in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Latvian community are explored, as are her efforts to maintain her Latvian culture within her family and the Latvian community.
FOLDER 9. Sprogis-Zaeska, Maija - interview transcript 1940-2001
This particular interview covers a wide range of topics including MSZ's family history in Latvia, the experience of fleeing the second Soviet occupation of Latvia, life in the displaced person camps, immmigration to America under the DP Acts of 1948 and 1950, resettlement in Minneapolis, MN. Maija's experiences growinng up in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Latvian community are explored, as are her experiences of raising children within tha tcommunity. One factor that distinguishes Maija's ability to maintain her Latvian culture is that she is married to an American. Nonetheless, she has raised her children in the Latvian community and they continue to maintain their Latvian culture as adults.
FOLDER 10. Jatnieks-Grotans, Ilze - interview transcript 1936-2001
This particular interview covers a wide range of topics including IJG's family history in Latvia, the experience of fleeing the second Soviet occupation of Latvia, life in the displaced person camps, immmigration to America under the DP Acts of 1948 and 1950, resettlement in Wisconsin and eventual relocation to Minneapolis, MN. Ilze's interview concentrates on the Latvian traditions and the maintenance of the culture within her family and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Latvian community.
FOLDER 11. Ieleja-Jatnieks, Benita - interview transcript 1941-2001
This particular interview covers a wide range of topics including BIJ's family history in Latvia, the experience of fleeing the second Soviet occupation of Latvia, life in the displaced person camps, immmigration to America under the DP Acts of 1948 and 1950, resettlement in Minneapolis, MN.



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